PhD Studentships of the North West Cancer Research (NWCR) Centre

PhD Studentships of the North West Cancer Research (NWCR) Centre

The NWCR Centre comprises a network research groups from across the NW of England who work on basic and translational aspects of cancer biology.

Our PhD studentships are very competitive: we choose projects and matching students of highest calibre. So are we very lucky to now have such promising rising stars representing our Centre.

As part of the funding package for the NWCR Centre@UoL, North West Cancer Research has funded 8 PhD studentships to date.

2017- 2018 Advert

Two places are available on the NWCR Centre Ph.D. programme each with a generous 3-year NWCR-funded stipend starting at £19,000 per annum. The deadline for applications is Sunday 17th December 2017. Short-listed applicants will be interviewed in late January 2018. The successful candidates will start their Ph.D. training at the beginning of October 2018.

The following two projects are available for Ph.D. study:
1.Function of cancer-associated fibrosis in regulating tumour immunity and response to immunotherapy.
Supervisors: Dr Michael Schmid (University of Liverpool). For further information contact:
2.Assessment of the efficacy and safety of a novel pharmacological strategy designed to enhance liver regeneration following tumour resection 
Supervisor: Dr Ian Copple (University of Liverpool). For further information contact:

Research environment

This is a combined program supported by NWCR and the Universities of Liverpool, Lancaster and Bangor. We have considerable experience in providing high quality Ph.D. training based on the exceptionally strong research expertise within the Centre. Work at the NWCR Centre is supported by international centres of excellence, including the: NWCR Institute - University of Bangor, Division of Biomedical and Life Sciences, Lancaster University, MRC Centre for Drug Safety Science, Wolfson Centre for Personalised Medicine, Centre for Genomic Research, Centre for Preclinical Imaging, LBIH Biobank, Instrumentation available through the Technology Directorate, UoL.

Eligibility and funding

The NWCR Centre will support two students with three year studentships (currently starting at £19,000 per annum, tax free), course fees (home/EU rate), travel and research funds. Applicants should be recent graduates or final year undergraduates who have to get a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent, and have laboratory or research experience. All applicants must satisfy the appropriate University English language requirements. You will be expected to be able to work both in a team and independently and develop expertise in new areas as required. Travel expenses for interview will be covered for UK and EU students but candidates from non-EU countries are likely to be required to pay their own travel expenses.

How to Apply

To apply please send a covering letter outlining your reasons for applying, a curriculum vitae and the names, addresses and telephone numbers of at least two referees to NWCR-UoL Centre Administrator, Mrs Dawn Kohler: Please note that due to the large volume of applications received, it is not possible for acknowledgements to be provided for each application.



October 2014

Miss Lucy Ireland
Identification and validation of signalling pathways regulating desmoplasia and pancreatic cancer progression
Supervisor: Dr Ainhoa Mielgo (University of Liverpool)

Miss Erithelgi Bertsoulaki
Development of cellular models to quantitatively profile ALK-kinase signalling in neuroblastoma
Supervisor: Professor Mike Clague (University of Liverpool)

Miss Valaria Quaranta
Investigating the pathophysiological changes in myeloid immune cells that promote pancreatic cancer metastasis
Supervisor: Dr Michael Schmid (University of Liverpool)

October 2016

Miss Terpsi Vitti
Proton beam therapy in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma and uveal melanoma
Supervisor: Dr Jason Parsons (University of Liverpool)

Miss Angharad Wilkie
Investigation of therapy-induced ciliogenesis, and a novel dual regulator of ciliogenesis and DNA repair
Supervisor: Dr Chris Staples (Bangor University)

October 2017

Mr Sean Duffy
Proteomics Meets Cancer Therapeutics: Comprehensive Analysis of Cellular Drug Interactions in CML using Mass Spectrometry-based Thermal Proteomic Profiling
Supervisor: Dr Pat Eyers (University of Liverpool)

Miss Ottilie Swinyard
Molecular analysis of Ap4A-mediated regulation of DNA replication and genome stability
Supervisor: Dr. Nikki Copeland (University of Lancaster)

Ms Claire Kelly
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy and imaging markers for identification of IDH mutation and grading of gliomas
Supervisor: Professor Harish Poptani and Dr Violaine See (University of Liverpool)